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Race and the Ballot Box, 50 Years after the Voting...10/06/15
Just months away from primary voting in the next presidential election, the voting rights of blacks and Latinos are the subject of charges and counter-charges.
Congress Takes on Criminal Justice Reform
With Democrats and Republicans now agreed that the war on crime got tougher than it needed to be, senior senators of both parties are proposing reforms in a rare moment of bipartisanship.
Russia Targets ISIS with Strikes in Syria
The war in Syria is more complicated than ever. On the third day of Russian airstrikes, the US and Russia are aiming at different targets while trying to make sure their planes don't run into each other. As the violence increases, diplomatic conflict...
How the Immigration Act Has Changed America
On its 50th anniversary, we look at the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, which has changed the face of America. A nation dominated by white people from Europe has become a real ethnic melting pot ? with lasting consequences ? social,...
Russian Planes Strike Assad's Enemies
Russian planes struck targets in western Syria today with almost no warning to the United States. Although both countries are opposed to ISIS, Russia's strikes appear to be aimed at helping Bashir al-Assad. Are Russian airstrikes a challenge to the...
Defunding Planned Parenthood: GOP Ideology and Political...
With the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, it appears that federal agencies will stay in business?at least for the moment. But Republicans are divided among themselves, and the fight over Planned Parenthood threatens a possible government...
Diplomacy, Dictators and Double-Speak at the United Nations
UN headquarters is providing "the greatest geopolitical show on Earth," according to one reporter, as the world body celebrates its 70th anniversary with speeches by heads of state from all over the world. When the UN was founded in 1945, the focus...
House Speaker John Boehner Abruptly Resigns from Congress
Yesterday, Pope Francis made history on Capitol Hill -- at John Boehner's invitation. Today, Boehner is making history of a different kind. He'll resign at the end of October to avoid what he calls the ?irreparable damage? of ?leadership turmoil?...
Pope Francis Makes History with Speech before Congress
As the first Vicar of Christ to address a joint meeting of Congress today, Pope Francis delivered challenges to both political parties. In addition to abortion and global warming, he also addressed the death penalty and the arms trade. We hear...
Can the European Union Survive the Refugee Crisis?
The biggest flood of refugees since World War II has divided the European Union against itself, with Western countries agreeing to accept proportional quotas while four members of the former Warsaw Pact are refusing to go along.
Diplomacy and Big Business from Washington State to...
Before he goes to the White House this week, the President of China will meet with the leaders of US tech firms that are the victims of Chinese cyber attacks. He reportedly wants an unlikely alliance against the Obama administration, which has...
Will Pope Francis Be an Agent of Change?
Pope Francis helped renew diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. Now he's visiting both countries, with a lot to say about their different ideologies, economies and treatment of those Jesus called "the least among us."
A Portrait of the Muslim American Life
This week's arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim student whose home-made clock was mistaken for some kind of bomb raised the issue of Islamaphobia in America. Now it's become an issue in the presidential campaign.
Trump Gets Jumped at GOP Debate
Eleven Republican candidates for president got three hours of exposure last night on CNN. Some 23 million people watched a debate that was as contentious as the network's moderators could make it. We hear how front-runner Donald Trump handled himself...
Will the Fed Raise Interest Rates?
Record-low interest rates have helped lift the economy out of the Great Recession, but now there's worry about inflation. Would a rate-increase threaten employment? This week, Janet Yellin and the Federal Reserve are pondering a crucial decision.
Will Crime Spikes Stall Criminal Justice Reform?
The US locks up more people than any other country ? especially blacks and Hispanics imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes. Republicans agree with Democrats it's a waste of money, and bipartisan criminal-justice reforms are pending in both houses of...
Russia Sends Troops and Military Supplies into Syria
As Europe struggles to deal with a massive refugee crisis, the largest numbers are fleeing from Syria's civil war. Russia and the US are on different sides of that conflict ? but they do share a common enemy in ISIS. We hear what that could mean as...
Is the US Doing Enough for the Refugees?
The nations of Europe are divided over what to do about tens of thousands of refugees from Syria's civil war. The US is also divided between its historic offer of liberty to the world's "huddled masses" and fears about homeland security.
Will Single-Issue Politics Lead to a Government Shutdown?
Congress has so much unfinished business and time is growing so short that the federal government faces another shutdown at the end of this month. We hear how it may become hostage to a single, hot-button political issue: funding for Planned...
If the Iran Accord Goes Through, What Happens Next?
The Iran nuclear deal is closer than ever to becoming reality with opponents in trouble ? not just in the Senate, but also in Congress. But, even if the "Resolution of Disapproval" fails in both houses, disagreement over the deal itself may continue ?...
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